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Woods hit five at Spratley's Meadow
 
  Saturday 20th July 2019

Pre-season
friendly

 

 

 

 

 

WORDS:
Alan Evans   
PICTURES:
James Brown

 
 

Amersham Town 0
Northwood 5

WOODS LINE-UP  
 
1 A Trialist (1)  
2 A Trialist (2)  
3 Miguel Lopes De Matos  
4 Jaiden Irish  
5 Ethan Flanagan  
6 Imre Uche  
7 Harry Lodovica  
8 Chris Gosling  
9 Marley Hamilton  
10 Alex Witham  
11 Kweku Lucan  
SUBSTITUTES  
12 Matt Cooper  
14 Liam McCrohan  
15 A Trialist (3)  
16 A Trialist (4)  
17 A Trialist (5)  
18 A Trialist (6)  
19 A Trialist (7)  
 

 

   

A lovely sunny afternoon welcomed Northwood to Amersham Town for the first time in twenty-eight years for their third pre-season friendly of the season and the Woods managed to notch their first victory following draws at Leverstock Green and Baldock Town. 

There was a handful of players missing from the starting line-up with Sacha M'Baye, Rob Partington, Kyran Worrell, Dan Pett, Kieran Asamadu-Sakyi and Ben Pattie not available so there were still a couple of trialists involved in the starting eleven and another five were given a further run-out from the bench in the second half. 

Amersham play their football at Step 6 nowadays and the Woods were quickly into their stride, taking the lead after just five minutes when the in-form Kweku Lucan beat the 'keeper to a through ball, took it past him with a deft touch and buried a shot into the empty net from an angle. 

Continuing to press, Northwood forced a series of corners and from one of those the ball ran loose to Alex Witham who hit a powerful left-footed strike on the turn that flew into the far top corner to double the lead on 23 minutes. 

Marley Hamilton had seen one effort saved by the 'keeper but made no mistake on 36 minutes when a ball from the right found him in space and he powered a shot that gave the Amersham custodian no chance. 

All three forwards had netted for the Woods during a good first-half with the defence rarely troubled and the triallist goalkeeper having little to do but organise well from the back; though one deflected effort flew across goal and struck the post. 

The second half saw Manager Scott Dash make seven changes with only Matt Cooper and Liam McCrohan already committed to the club for the season. The home side were more in the game, forcing the Woods 'keeper into one fine save but it was still at the other end that the main action was. A trialist familiar to Woods fans created the fourth goal after 68 minutes with a neat chip forward and another trialist, having seen his original effort blocked by the 'keeper, followed up to make no mistake. 

And the same player notched his second of the game when getting on the end of a superb cross from Cooper to slide his shot inside the post for 5-0. There should have been a sixth soon after as Harry Lodovica was tripped in the area after a good jinking run. The youngster was given the opportunity to take the kick himself but unfortunately the home 'keeper chose the right way and saved well by pushing his effort over the bar. Overall, this was a satisfactory run-out for the Woods.